Christopher Joeng

The Weight of My Drawings

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“The mind has a mind of its own. It shows us pictures. Pictures of the past and the might-one-day-be. This mind's mind exerts its own will, too, and has its own voice.”
— David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

For my project this year, I undertook the challenge of producing as many automatic drawings as I could on A3 paper using permanent marker to record my subconscious thoughts. The result was over 600 drawings. The drawings that I have laid out on the floor of my space correspond to the weight of sensory stimulation and racing thoughts that overwhelm me every day. It is here that my subconscious mind unfolds and reveals itself to me: the figures that appear here and there, the recurring motifs, and the erratic lines and shapes that fill up each page, things I don’t understand. But it has piqued my interest. It’s fascinating to know what they are and what they mean. To me. And why they won’t leave me alone.

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